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You live in a remote village that is three hours’ drive from the nearest health centre. Your family can’t afford a mobile phone and the only person with a phone in the village is away visiting relatives. You notice that one of your children is developing breathing difficulties and has a fever. There are no […]

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For all the developments in mobile and web technology over the last three decades, in many parts of the world radio remains a key source of information and advice. Although we don’t fund radio projects in isolation, we are keen to hear of mobile and web projects that seek to exploit the use of radio […]

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Many of us use SMS to text our friends, arrange a night out or – in the case of a number of annoying companies – send reminders that we may be eligible for compensation for accidents we never had. But text messaging can also be used to supply critical, even life-saving information. That’s the rationale […]

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It would be fair to say that football’s world governing body, FIFA, has had its fair share of problems recently. Recent (‘unproven’ for any lawyers reading) allegations that South Africa’s successful 2010 World Cup bid may have been facilitated by a hefty $10m bribe are but the latest in a string of bad news stories […]

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The following is a press release provided by one of our grantees, Code4SA. The original press release can be found here. Despite the Constitution of South Africa promoting community involvement in local government, community organisations have found the City of Cape Town’s budgets too complex and convoluted to understand, and the process of the community engaging […]

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It’s not often that innovators, techies and entrepreneurs from around the world are brought together in one place. The Global Innovation Gathering in Berlin was just one such occasion.  In true BarCamp style, the conversations were lively and varied.  I’ll attempt to summarise some of them in a series of blog posts.  This one focuses on strengthening […]

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There was never going to be anything simple about Nigeria’s 2015 elections. Both main candidates – Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari – are big names that commanded significant followings. Security concerns, technology worries and registration difficulties, meanwhile, compounded an already complex electoral situation in Africa’s largest democracy.

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I recently wrote about the fantastic opportunity I had to be part of the Global Innovation Gathering in Berlin both before and during Re:Publica.  There were so many fascinating discussions that I thought I would turn them into several blog posts. This one focuses on tech innovations taking place to improve service delivery and bring […]

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A guest post from the British Library on the Ogaden Punitive Force of 1901.

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As recent electoral events in the UK demonstrate, elections can be tricky mistresses and ‘foregone conclusions’ can be way off the mark. Here at Indigo we frequently receive proposals from groups wanting to do work around elections in sub-Saharan Africa; whether it’s voter education in Kenya, youth participation in Tanzania or election monitoring in Nigeria. […]

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